Nothing says summertime quite like basking in the scorching sun with a beer in hand, and the smoky scent of grilled meats wafting through the air.
But with a hefty ban on barbecuing throughout a large portion of parks in London, you may feel that your hopes of grabbing some al fresco grub are in danger of going up in smoke. Fear not – we’ve compiled a trusty list of the Capital’s best BBQ hotspots, where you can ensure that your summer is sizzling.
Lincolns Inns Fields, Holborn
Who thought BBQing in Central London is possible? This green oasis is just a stone’s throw from Holborn station and is a favourite for weekday office lunchers. As it’s part of Camden council, BBQs are allowed but you might want to pick the weekend or outside of lunch times, for a bit more space. And don’t take the disposable kind of BBQ. With loads of supermarkets around, you won’t be short of supplies either!
Cantelowes Gardens, Camden
Situated less than half a mile away from Camden’s trendy market, Cantelowes Gardens boasts a picturesque spot to rustle up some flavoursome fare. With a skate-park, sports facilities and two children’s playgrounds on site, fun in the sun is guaranteed. Make sure you bring along a portable, reusable coal barbecues as all other types are a no-no.
Burgess Park, Southwark
Stretching an impressive 138 acres, Burgess Park is an enticing expanse with barbecue grills on site and designated areas where visitors can set up their own cooking facilities. Work up a hunger at the 400 metre BMX track before settling down for a lovely lakeside meal.
Highbury Fields, Islington
A mere stone’s throw away from the Emirates Stadium and 2 minutes from the tube, Highbury Fields is the perfect place to catch a game and grab a barbecued bite afterwards. Featuring a swimming pool and sandpit, you won’t need to step outside the city for that summery feel. While here, ensure that your barbecue is on a stand, and please note that ‘kettle’ type barbecues are advised to keep the smoke to a minimum.
Paradise Park, Islington
Giant chess, outdoor table tennis and a playground are a real recipe for excitement, and Paradise Park has the lot. Idyllic in name and nature, this is a gorgeous spot for grilling but do make sure your barbecue goes on a stand rather than the grass.
Waterlow Park, Highgate
Think breathtaking sights of the city while snacking on a skewer or two at this superb stop-off. Lie beside the peaceful lakes or kick back in the shade of Waterlow Park’s tree-laden surrounds if you’re after a little shut-eye. Reusable charcoal barbecues are permitted but disposable and gas barbecues are not.
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